The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) seeks a Director of Research Administration, reporting to the Senior Director of Research. The Director will administer day-to-day operations of a growing research unit supporting ~50 research scholars and staff associates in ~12 research areas, working closely with the Sr. Director of Research, Deputy Director of Research, and a team of program managers and project managers. The incumbent will play a key role in driving cross-functional research initiatives and executing overall research strategy, and supporting CGEP’s mission as a high-impact, leading energy policy research center.
The incumbent should be a strategic thinker and exceptional communicator with a strong aptitude for forging connections across lateral groups and maintaining situational awareness of program statuses, risks, and opportunities. Tasked with leading and directing the activities of the group, a strong understanding of research operations is required, such as: grant applications and reporting, research project management, cross-functional coordination, and collaborations with other support functions such as Sponsored Projects (SPA/SPF), HR, and Finance.
A particular focus of the role is to drive the organization to a deeper understanding of the impacts of racism, environmental justice, gender equality, and inclusion on the energy ecosystem. In partnership with the Sr. Director of Research and the Chief Strategy Officer, the Director of Research Administration will oversee and ensure the team’s implementation and contribution of culturally diverse and inclusive communications, which will be reflected across CGEP’s scholarship, work environment, and partnerships.
The Director of Research Administration will ensure that functions and processes support overall vision, strategy, and research impact. They will:
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